Arranging Information Effectively on Flip Charts
When arranging information on your flip charts, remember that there are typically more visual learners (as much as 65% of the population according to some research) in a group than auditory or kinesthetic learners. For that reason, when preparing flip charts you might want to consider using graphic images, pictures, charts, and other visual elements to complement the written words and make the page more appealing to learners.
Information arrangement refers to the visual pattern you select to attract and hold your participant’s attention and interest. Simplicity is the key when flip charting ideas.
Here are three simple strategies for creating and designing flip charts that are functional and memorable:
- Do not clutter your page with too much information, color, or image.
- Leave plenty of white space so that your participant’s attention is not being pulled in conflicting directions.
- When laying out material on your page, select a pattern that resembles one of these letters: C, O, S, Z, L, or T.
By doing applying these simple techniques and adding graphics to your flip chart pages, you will better appeal to people who favor the visual learning style or modality.
Arranging Information Effectively on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger. For additional ideas and suggestions on designing, using, transporting, and storing flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.
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